There’s nothing better than Layered Taco Dip for a party. This is a terrific appetizer for a crowd, whether you’re getting together for a game day party or Cinco de Mayo celebration.
It’s also easy go-to recipe for potlucks. You can either make this a 5 or 7 layer taco dip depending on what ingredients you have on hand or your personal preferences.
This taco dip with ground meat so hearty that you can practically serve it as dinner instead as an appetizer.
How to make layered taco dip even easier
I’ve given directions below to make this a 7 or 5 layer taco dip from scratch.
Then I serve crockpot tacos for dinner one night and save the rest for the taco dip layer, omitting steps 1-3 below.
Other quick tips:
Buy already diced onions from the produce section and canned diced tomatoes. No need to spend extra time chopping when you’re planning a party.
I have a jar of minced garlic in my refrigerator. Saves so much time. And I no longer throw out dried out or rotten garlic cloves. LOVE IT.
How much in advance can I make Layered Taco Dip?
Finally, while this dip can be made a few hours in advance, don’t make it too much in advance or your avocado will turn brown.
Also, make sure that your avocado layer is completely covered by the other layers. That way not much air can get to it, so it should stay a lovely bright green.
How to serve layer taco dip
Serve warm: Taco Dip can also be heated to melt the cheese and warm the filling. Place in 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes BEFORE adding any additional toppings.
Serve your layer taco dip with a variety of tortilla chips, both sizes and styles as well as flavors. I like restaurant style as they hold up to a heavy dip.
I’m sure you seen blue and red tortilla chips as well as the usual corn chips. My new favorite are the quinoa corn chips. So delicious!
Make sure to serve the taco dip with plates and forks so guest can skip the chips and keep it low carb.
Making taco dip for special diets
Make this taco layer dip for a variety of special diets:
Keto: If you’re doing keto, omit the refried beans and add a layer of sautéed onions and bell peppers.
Also, substitute Greek yogurt for the sour cream.
Gluten free: This taco layer dip recipe is naturally gluten free. Just make sure all the ingredients you’re using from the taco seasoning to the refried beans are also gluten free.
If you’re concerned about the taco seasoning, use my Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe.
Most shredded cheeses are gluten free. If you’re concerned about the powdered cellulose used to prevent clumping, shred your own cheese.
(Sargento says its shredded cheeses have no gluten. Again, always check labels.)
Vegetarian: The meat can be omitted for a vegetarian option. Or you could use veggie crumbles or a Beyond Beef-type product instead.
Also make sure the refried beans you use are vegetarian.
Use my Vegan Sour Cream recipe as a substitute for the sour cream.
Find a vegan or dairy free cream cheese to use instead of the regular cream cheese.
Substitute vegan cheddar shredded cheese for the cheeses in the recipe below.
Also, make sure the taco seasoning you use doesn’t have any dairy in it. (Check the label.) You can also use a Homemade Taco Seasoning.
Vegan: While demanding, this layered taco dip recipe can be made vegan. See the tips I suggest for vegetarian and dairy free.
Layered taco dip substitutions and additions
Here are some ingredient suggestions to make the taco layer dip even more tasty!
● Guacamole – use instead of the avocado. This comes in handy if you can’t find ripe avocados at your grocery store and don’t want to deal with the frozen avocados.
● Cheese – use other varieties of shredded cheese like spicy pepper jack, Monterey Jack, crumbled queso fresco, or a combination of two or more.
● Yogurt – Substitute a no fat Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.
● Corn – use canned (and drained) or thawed frozen corn.
● Salsa – a thick and chunky salsa would be a tasty substitution for the diced tomatoes. Drain the salsa in a fine mesh colander so your dip doesn’t get soggy.
● Bell peppers – a layer of chopped red, yellow or green bell peppers adds a dash of color. Bell peppers can be served raw or sautéed (and cooled).
Making the ultimate Cinco de Mayo party
Having a Cinco de Mayo party? This taco layer dip makes a terrific appetizer that goes great with all kinds of Mexican recipes.
If you’re looking for another Mexican style dip, try this Easy Nachos Recipe for Cinco de Mayo.
Another tasty Cinco de Mayo party recipe is Chopped & Layered Taco Salad. It uses similar ingredients to the seven layer taco dip, making your grocery shopping a breeze.
More party dip recipes
If you’re looking for more easy to make party dips, you’ve come to the right place.
Layered Taco Dip Recipe
- 1 pound ground beef
- 4 tablespoons taco seasoning or 2 envelopes - divided in half
- 1 16-ounce can refried beans
- 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
Toppings for Layered Taco Dip
- 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
- 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese - or your favorite cheese
- 2 tomatoes, diced - about 2 cups
- 3 greens onions with tops, diced finely
- 1 2.25-ounce can sliced black olives, optional
- 2 tablespoons cilantro, snipped, optional
- Jalapeno slices, optional
- Avocado, diced, optional
- Brown ground beef until no pink remains, drain if necessary.
- Return ground beef to pan and add 2 tablespoons (or 1 envelope) of taco seasoning and 1/2 cup water.
- Cook until all liquid is absorbed.
- In a medium bowl, combine taco meat and refried beans until well combined.
- Transfer taco meat and refried beans to a 13x9 glass dish. This will serve as the base for your layered taco dip.
- In a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, sour cream, garlic and 2 tablespoons (or 1 envelope) taco seasoning until smooth and creamy.
- Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over taco meat and bean mixture.
- Top with cheese, tomatoes and any other toppings you like.
- Place taco layered dip in the refrigerator to chill at least 1 hour before serving.
- Serve 7 layer taco dip with additional sour cream and tortilla chips.